The Minnesota Vikings showed how they felt about their starting cornerbacks when they signed Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin to contract extensions during the offseason. Winfield signed a four-year extension that will keep him in Minnesota through 2013, an agreement NFL Network reporter Jason La Canfora believes was a win-win. Griffin’s deal was done earlier in the offseason.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier cited the improvement of Griffin on Monday as the reason the Vikings will have two of the top corners in the NFL heading into the season.
“I have been very impressed from the OTAs and now at training camp, with how much Cedric has improved and where he is in this game,” Frazier said. “Antoine is playing at a very high level. The fact that Cedric is continuously improving makes me feel like we are going to have two of the top corners in the National Football League going into the 2009 season. I believe that Cedric is having an outstanding training camp and I really look for him to have a big season.”
Frazier said Griffin has taken a step forward in his maturity, as well as his demeanor and how he approaches the game.
“He is on the verge of taking a big step and we are going to be the beneficiaries of it,” Frazier said. “He has really improved and a part of it is the maturation that has occurred.”